October 10, 2018, Prescott-
The most surreal, yet most affirming, aspect of last weekend’s Convergence at Arcosanti was Sunday night’s “Dream Bath”. A couple from Tucson offered spoken word and salsa music, which evoked Carlos Castaneda and what probably transpires at a peyote ceremony. I actually did fall asleep for an hour, whilst listening with my fellow convergers.
When I awoke, the pair were offering their farewells, and more New Age musicians appeared, calling for the group to find one or two people, with whom to snuggle. My eyes almost did a roll at that one, as I have heard of this being an occasion for unwanted groping and worse. To the group’s credit, there was none of that. I was welcomed by a few young folks to be part of their hugging and gentle back and foot massages. A couple did seem to bond during this time, and it felt beautiful to see them connect. There was no sexual intercourse, or any other inappropriate contact, though, anywhere in the room.
It was actually refreshing, to have that many people in a room, and to just feel an honest, loving energy pervade.
I did not sweat profusely or get filthy during the weekend, thus escaping the need to do much more than sponge bathe. It did feel good, though, to get back to Home Base and encounter real hot water and soap, come Monday afternoon.